Bringing over 35 years of healthcare and leadership experience to expanding and complex conversations about healthcare, health equity and social justice
Ebony Jade Hilton,
Dr. Ebony Jade Hilton received her M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 2008. She remained at MUSC for completion of her Residency in Anesthesia, followed by a Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine. In 2013 Dr. Hilton made history as she was hired as the 1st African American Female anesthesiologist since the hospital’s opening in 1824.
Throughout her tenure at MUSC Dr. Hilton’s passions have centered on exploring the issue of health disparities, particularly as it pertains to race, and bridging the gap between physicians and the communities they serve. Her works have led to her integration in the medical school curriculum, serving as a clinical instructor for fourth year medical students in Intern 101 and has taken her across the globe as a participant in numerous medical mission trips via Project Madaktari at Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Now as a practicing physician at the University of Virginia - Charlottesville, Dr. Hilton has continued advocating for underserved and marginalized populations. In the wake of COVID, Dr. Hilton has become a regular on-air advocate and medical consultant for national media outlets like MSNBC, CNN, ShareCare, and the Roland Martin Show.
Her efforts have been recognized by the National Medical Association as well as the National Minority Quality Forum as one of the top 40 under 40 Leaders in Health Care award recipients. In addition to pioneering medicine, Dr. Hilton is a children’s book author of the Ava Series, a public speaker and community activist.
Kimberly Butler Willis is the Director of Community Health at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, SC. She is responsible for the daily management of the system's only comprehensive sexual health center, and provides oversight for the system's community outreach initiatives, two senior centers, the community-based health clinic, and the region's AccessHealth program. Kimberly works with a multidisciplinary team of 50+ healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care for the region's most vulnerable and underserved.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, and a PhD in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina – Columbia.
She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and has coordinated and managed sexual health and community health initiatives for over 15 years within local non-profits and large healthcare systems. HIV and sexual health care continues to be two of her passions. Since joining the Ryan White Wellness Center, the team has been nationally recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for its high quality care, patient-centered healthcare strategies, and noteworthy strategic planning and federal spending.
Her professional and academic achievements were recognized by SC Black Pages 20 under 40 in 2018.
Kellye McKenzie, MPA currently serves as Managing Director of GOODSTOCK Consulting, which connects hospitals, businesses and social service agencies to produce measurable health changes and equitable long-term healthcare impact within underserved communities.
She spent nearly a decade in Washington, D.C. working in various areas of public health including HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, women’s health, and school based health issues. She served as Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange, Washington, D.C., leading fundraising and strategy development, and supporting the training of over 260 college students to teach a skills-based health curriculum to over 2,000 students in nine under-resourced high schools in the District. She also served as the Washington, D.C. Executive Director of Wyman Center, and in management positions at National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (where she developed a regional model to address HIV/AIDS among African American women), and School Based Health Assembly.
Kellye is proud to have started her career as an HIV/AIDS Educator in the Peace Corps in Jamaica in 1999. She returned to the Peace Corps to serve as Associate Peace Corps Director in Western Samoa from 2008-2011.
She received her Masters of Public Administration from New York University, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, where she was awarded a Public Service Fellowship and her BA in English from Spelman College.